Back To School 2016 Is Here

Lidl Back to School Range Start Smart.

Lidl have a great back to school range with all the uniform you would need to send your little ones to school. Lidl have tested their uniforms to make sure that they are comfortable and durable, they are also dermatologically tested to make sure nothing harmful is used in them. The clothes fell well made and have good range with socks and tights to pumps and shorts. The trousers and skirts have adjustable waistbands which is great help with my two. This range is great value for money as we all know how quick the children can grow. A great little feature on Lidl website there is a size calculator you enter your child’s measurements and it will tell you what size you need so there is not lots of standing around in shops trying things on which come on let’s face it is everyone’s worst nightmare. Well done Lidl.

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Morrisons Nutmeg Back to school Range.

We love the Nutmeg range, it is always well made and washing great and fits the girls well and they have good sensible clothes that children can wear. There back to school range is no exception. With a full range from vests and tights to pinafores and skirts, everything you need at great prices £5 for a pinafore that feels warm and ready for the winter. Also it has a lovely little detail on, like some flowers which make them feel very girly. The clothes are easy care and tumble dry friendly.  Some of the items like the skirts have teflon shield and clean on which repels water and oils and helps when washing keeping them looking better for longer. Nutmeg has a quibble-free guarantee ifs it’s taken back within 30 days in the same condition

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Nits

Something that we all dread when they go back school is the letter or text message to say there are Head Lice at school. We are always checking through with nit comb! And making sure we don’t have any unwanted visitors. There are lots are different products on the market these days.

We were lucky to try Vosene’s Lice Repellent shampoo and Conditioning defence spray.  Vosene is a name we know and trust and with these products you can have a head start on those pesky little critters. Together the shampoo which is 3 in one the natural tea tree oil and the lemon eucalyptus gives your little one’s tangle free, squeaky clean hair all with that added help of keeping the head lice at bay. It can be used every day as normal shampoo. Used together with the conditioning defence spray which you spray on wet hair and let it dry as this is a leave in spray. Which will again help keep the lice at bay and shiny tangle free hair.

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Another great protection solution for the times when you know there are going into social activities such as parties, sleepovers etc is Hedrin Protect & go spray this can be used regularly like a conditioning spray. Simply spray on dry hair comb through and dry off with with a towel or blow dryer. Great quick and easy with not a lot of fuss to help keep them protected, Hedin also have a full range of products to help with the treatment and prevention of Head Lice.

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If you are unlucky enough to end up with the head lice as we know it comes to us all at some point! There are lots of different products to help get rid of the lice we have been lucky (or unlucky if you get my drift) to try Puressentiel anti-lice lotion and lice repellent spray which are 100% natural . The lotion is great and greats to work within 10 minutes apply to the hair when you find head lice making sure all is covered  after 10 mins you are able to wash your hair as normal and then comb through with a lice comb a second application is required after 3 days. The great thing about this product is that it doesn’t have the horrible smell that other lotions have.  There is also a spray which can be used to help prevent an infestation and offers protection up to 24 hours. This also doesn’t smell too bad and is easy to use.  

 

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Stabilo

When it’s back to school one of things that most of them need is school stationery (now really admit it we all over stationary no matter how old we are or even if we need it or not!)

One old faithful that has been around for a long time in the stationary world is stabilo. A trusted brand from schools to offices and has everything that you would need whether it is a small pencil case with some pens pencils and crayons into everything you need for exams or the office highlights and folders to staplers and paper.  We had a selection of items to get us in the mood for going and getting all we needed. Some trio scribbi felt pens, which are triangular in shape which makes it easy to hold for little hands and an unbreakable tip which is great for my littlest as she is still getting to grips with felt pens! The multi talented pencil these are great large colored pencils that can either be a colouring pencil, wax crayon and watercolor. With the xxl lead this makes it easy to colour large areas. Just add water to turn them into water colours. Don’t worry about sharpening them as they come with an extra large child safe sharpener and of course highlighters, they need no explanation! Great products for all your stationery needs.
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Brita Fill&gobrita

Drinks bottles are always something they need as these days they are allowed the bottles with them in class so making sure they have a good bottle and water that is ok for them to drink. Then with Brita you know you’re safe they do these great bottles which are a good size and hold enough water for them. It doesn’t leak and will not spill easily if knocked over. All this and you are safe in the knowledge that you have good fresh water that we know from Brita as these bottles have filter disc in them to make sure we have that great Brita water taste.   This is also great for anyone who like the great taste of Brita on the go whether it’s to the gym, down the park or to work. This is a great reusable bottle that is dishwasher safe.

 

Smiggle

When your little ones are growing up and needing more and more stationary at school but they want something a little different as we like to make learning as much fun as we can. Then Smiggle is the one for you. There are creators of fun and fashionable stationery.  It is designed to be fun and affordable with bold colours and quirky graphics with everything for your stationery needs. There are some great products and these also make great gifts that are something a bit different but still useful.  To give you an idea some of the shop by titles on their great website are scented (who doesn’t love some scented pens or pencils the scented pencils are great with the great smells of coke, ice cream to grapes and strawberries they really do smell) or furry with pencils and bags that are furry and colorful and cute.  Everything you will need to kit out your children for school (or my desk!!) There are pocket money prices to which is great for the older children who want to buy their own things. The list is endless so take a look.

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First day of school.

This year it’s the turn of the littlest she is ready has done her days at her big school and is looking forward to going in September. Not sure what the first day of school we be like who will worst (well we know it will be auntie Cherry as she cried when livie was at sports day!). A great way to get them to feel ok about going to school is with a book, and not just any book a personalized book from Signature Books. This is lovely bright and well-illustrated book from Born Gifted is about a rabbit which is where they use your child’s name, and her first day of school all the scary thought they may have and worries are sorted out in the book which is great as a memory and also to help you talk together about the first day of school and anyone’s worries. Head over to Born Gifted to grab yourself one!

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Chatham Shoes

One of the worst things to buy are school shoes. Which ones to get? What sort? Will they last? Are they sensible enough for school? How much will they cost ? and are they worth the money? This year 2 weeks before the end of term we had to buy my oldest a new pair of shoes as she outgrown hers and I wasn’t going to be able to make her last another 2 weeks in them, so we just bought a cheap pair as she is growing so quick. We have decided that shoes will be the last item to buy,  but we were lucky enough to have the chance to review 2 pairs for both girls from Chatham. This is a company that makes shoes for Ladies, Men and Kids it is based around footwear for sailing, boating and country footwear. Their footwear is designed to be functional, comfortable and more importantly when looking at school shoes “durable able to withstand anything that nature will throw at them”.  There are a great range of shoes for all families and all events. The children’s shoes are unisex which is great if they don’t wear them for long due to out growing them they can be passed on. They are tough and look long lasting but still are very comfortable even when you first wear them. From around £39.99 they are a great price for school shoes. You might even find something for yourself to check out their website.

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Kid Kanteen

One thing that we always find it hard to find is a good flask for school, gone were the days of the old style ones we had that were small and more colourful versions of a thermos flask. There are so many different sorts on the market but finding one that doesn’t leak is the first important part, nothing worse than wet home work or even worse wet sandwiches, one that will not break and is easy for them to use. We have tried lots but the Kid Kanteen is like a camping one for kids!! Its great will not rust or shatter, does not impart flavours and is easy to clean the top can go in the dishwasher but the body is better cleaned by hand.  The lid is easy to remove and refill with a sports cap and another cap there should be no leaks.  From around £13.75 and comes in different colours.  Great products that can be used for camping, days out, sports.

Slaplit

With the nights drawing in making either you children are safe walking to school or yourselves is important. These slaplit slap bands are great for anyone who needs be been seen school run, dog walking, biking or out for a jog. They are LED slap and wrap bands that can go on your arm or leg in less than a few seconds and easily stored on a bag or pocket. Once on they are made of reflective material and will flash or light up so you can been seen and have extra protection. They run on batteries which can be replaced and come in a variety of colours from round £8.49

Thermos

Lunch boxes and bottles are the must have items for all schoolers. At some point they will need a pack lunch. With that being said, with lunchbox food being so much more diverse these days, you need something that will help keeping things cold in the summer and maybe a warm something in the winter. Thermos have a fabulous range which offer everything you need to keep your loved ones tummy full at lunch time!

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Give Your Man That Perfect Gift This Christmas

Christmas

Let’s kick off Christmas with gifts for the man in your life! Whether he is embracing his old age or a kid at heart, we have some perfect gifts this Christmas!

Wilkinson sword

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Wilkinson sword is respected brand here in the UK, a true household name. So it’s no surprise they have a fabulous range of Christmas gifts for men and women. If you are looking for that perfect gift for colleagues or friends, they are affordable yet still the top quality we know and love. Sets range in price so there really is something to suit everyone. Readily available online and in all good supermarkets, Wilkinson sword are a great staple gift.

Tablet TV Portable Tuner

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This is a great little product so that you can watch tv on your tablet for free! There is one that is mains powered or on for on the go that is battery powered. With these you can watch and record live Freeview and also able to receive radio too No cable, internet or satellite needed, you will need a freeview TV signal either from the supplied tv wand or your own roof aerial.  It will transmit wirelessly to your tablet using, iOS or Android apps and Google Play. You can also use this in your tent on holiday. This is great to keep the kids entertained on holiday so you can watch your own programs. Or in another room without a TV. It was easy to setup and use, and with the no buffering this makes it a great bit of kit. From around £64.99

Adnams Beers

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Looking for a gift for that beer lover but wanting something different, then look no further than Adnams Beers. They are great products not just beer but wine and spirits too. Made by working with local farmers and producers to make great products without costing lot of money.

There products have won many different awards over the years. There are some great gift packs available on their website. We were lucky enough to have one of their products to review which was the Adnams Champion Beer Box 6 bottles for only £10. It came in a lovely replica old fashioned beer box which gave it that special touch. There are a great range of gift boxed products available.

Toblerone

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I don’t know about you but Toblerone always reminds me of Christmas. They make great gifts or stocking fillers and even great at the end of a dinner party. Not the easiest present to disguise when wrapped. but always puts a smile on my face when I see that triangle shaped present. when it’s opened i also love to see the Christmas designed packaging makes Christmas, Christmas!!! Nowadays there are different sorts of Toblerones from dark to white and honeycomb crisp to fruit and nut, al using that distinctive Swiss chocolate.

Guinness World Records

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This is a great book to be had a Christmas for everyone young though to old. Not just a list of new and amazing records but cool facts and some great pictures. You can find out records like how far a dog can ride a scooter!!! to the world’s smallest computer. There is something for everyone sporting events, animals, people to ballooning and pirates. This is great way to bring the family together on Christmas evening. and from around £9.99 it’s a great price.

The Real shaving company

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It is a bone but most have to do it, so why not do it with a little something special. Great gifts, stocking fillers or just something for yourself that’s a little extra special. The Real Shaving company has been around since the 1950’s. This range is inspired by barbers combining quality and style, The products give you a smooth shave leaving the skin feeling nourished and smooth. Everything a man could need from shaving balm and face scrub to anti ageing moisturiser, everything for a facial routine. From around £3.99.

Braun

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Great reliable products to suit all people and all pockets. From a razor for dad to a hair dryer for nan. With Braun you know that the products you get will be great and do the job they are brought to do. No one would be disappointed with a present from Braun. This series 9 Shaver from Braun is amazing. With syncro-sonic technology, it gives the most precise and comfortable shave possible. No longer will the man in your life get irritation when shaving with this Braun Series 9, a must have this Christmas in men’s grooming. We had the new Braun Series 9 with Synchro Sonic Technology from £179.95 this wet and dry shaver is great for someone on the go . This can be used on 3 day beards. It will 40,000 cross cutting movements per minute, it will remove more hair in one movement than any other shaver.  It comes with 4 individual and specialised cutting elements to cover different types of hair and a flexible shaving system to adapt to any face. Its 100% waterproof wet and dry and can be used in the shower with foam or gel. Comes with plug and which keeps the battery charged.

The Old Barber

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Looking for some inspiration for the man in your life for Christmas. Whether they have a beard, mustache or not. The Old Street Barber has some great products. There make sure that all their products are of high quality and use only natural ingredients. There are some lovely old fashion products available in their online store, if they like to shave there is the old fashion shaving brush and soaps from around £6, Beard oils and combs from £3. There are also a range available for hair too. Love these products and makes great gifts.

Bulldog Skincare

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Looking for a little something special for a man in you life or something to treat yourself to. Bulldog Skincare range is great, it is geared towards men and using natural ingredients. These are made precisely for man and the types of skin and skin issues they have from Ph to dry or oily skin. They are certified Cruelty Free and they never use anything that contains ingredients from animal sources like beeswax or lanolin, this are great products for vegans and vegetarians too. Full range is available from anti-ageing to sensitive. With the Bulldog this has a manly feel about it for all those who are sceptical about using skin care products. From around £3 and gift sets are available.

Goodmans digital Radio

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A great gift or something for you. This portable smartly designed radio gives good crisp sound all over the home. This has a battery life of 9 hours so you don’t always have to plug it in. The display is easy to read and provides the information on the station you’re listening too. There is a range of colours copper, ruby steel or slate so will fit into any home. Its slim and lightweight too From around £31.44 it’s a great price. You will need 4 x AA batteries. It also has Bluetooth so that you can connect your devices too and a headphones socket for personal listening.

Nytol snoring spray

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I don’t know about you but my own husband snores. He snores real bad. There is nothing more annoying than slowly drifting off to sleep and suddenly hearing a big old snore! So this snoring spray from Nytol will make the perfect stocking filler. Nytol are a brand renown for putting people to sleep across the UK, so this snoring spray is perfect for silencing any of those loud ladies or guys in your life. From a cheeky stocking filler to an addition to a hamper, this snoring spray would be perfect. Plus, you will have a good nights sleep also. Perfect gift.

Ibeanie

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I know this will sound sad, but I love my ipad. I do. Its sad but true. This accessory from iBeanie is not only unique and awesome, but it is also perfect for those who like to kit out their ipad with the very best. Yes. A bean bag for your ipad, seems a little strange but it really works. Your Ipad will sit, safely where you put it and you can see the screen without any faffing. Ibeanie have a really cool range to choose from, something to suit any taste. So, if you know someone who loves their Ipad, the ibeanie is the perfect gift.

Heatholders.

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Keeping your feet warm during the cold winter months is super important. Especially for circulation reasons. It’s easy to get cold out there. So these socks from heatholders would be perfect for the men in your life. Especially if they work outside a lot. These thermal socks will make all your other thermal socks look bad. Seriously, they are fabulous at keeping your feet warm and toasty without being overly bulky in your shoes. I know several men who would welcome Heatholders under their tree this year!

Gigaset G Tag

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The Gigaset G tag will revolutionise the act of finding things. If you know someone like me, who are constantly loosing your keys (they get up and walk) the Gigaset G tag will be the perfect gift. For use with apple and android devices, all you have to do is download the app, set it up and attach the giga tag to the chosen item and boom, your done. You will now be able to use the app to track down your lost item with ease. Making those mornings or pulling the house apart looking for your keys or phone, a thing of the past. Perfect.

Green and Black’s Organic

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There aren’t many people i know who doesn’t like chocolate and it is always a good present to give, but if you’re looking for something a bit special for a chocolate lover then look no further than Green and Black’s chocolate. There is a large range available from a single bar with over 20 different flavours to choose from like almond or blood orange to there own hot chocolate powder.  The chocolate is organic and made with 70% cocoa so it is great quality chocolate along with the bonus of Green and Blacks selling the britain’s first fair trade chocolate Maya Gold.  Looking for something for that chocoholic then Green and Blacks do a great gift range from hampers and beer and chocolate give a range of different chocolates available to give a good variety. something to suit all tastes ranges from £2.49 for a single bar and gift sets from £19.00

Mr & Mrs Family Edition

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Christmas always is time for a board game. This will get everyone joined in and having fun. It can be used at dinner parties with everyone and their partners, the great thing about this game is that it can you can also play it as a family or even friends so it’s great for any occasion. Over 1000 questions with a fun selection for young players too. It is based on the TV show. This game will bring fun, laughter blank looks and the odd blush I’m sure. For ages 10+ and from around £18

Maplin T4 transforming solar robot

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We all have someone in our lives who loves the quirky and down right unique gifts. They are usually the hardest people to buy for. This T4 Transforming solar powered robot from Maplin is the perfect gift for this occasion. This set contains everything you need to build your own Transforming masterpiece, all powered by the sun, so no need to go searching for batteries on Christmas day! Easily transform between four whole different modes for endless hours of fun. I know this will be the biggest hit under our tree this Christmas.

Give The Kids In Your Life The Perfect Christmas Gift

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So this is the big one, gifts for your kids this Christmas.

Itty Bittys from Hallmark

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There’s are amazing and a huge hit in our house from the little ones to daddy.  These are small soft toys made to a great standard and are so soft. You may think more soft toys but there’s are available in all sorts of characters from Frozen to Barbie and then there is the retro ones Rainbow bright to The Wizard of Oz!….my favorite was Snoopy.They are designed to be collected with a list to tick off so you know which ones you have left to collect. There is a lovely Nativity complete with a jesus and his manger. With this December seeing the release of the new Star Wars film there is even a set of them available. These are new to the UK this autumn so will be a must this christmas

Chewits

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Looking for something other than chocolates for a present, then look no further. Chewits do a great selection box. With Chewits being lower in sugar than many other chewy sweets and they are free from hydrogenated fats and artificial colours. So not bad all round. The selection box has great flavors from  strawberry and blackcurrant to orange and the xtreme chewits great little section box with a difference. From around £2.00

Kids Gifts From H&A

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H&A have an absolutely amazing line of great quality and body safe products. They can be found in all good retailers. Their line of christmas gifts is great something for everyone, with gift sets for her or him and toys, and to suit all pockets. With My little pony bubble bath to Despicable Me magnetic scribbler, there are so many gifts for children of all ages. For her there is a large range of perfume and cosmetic gift packs, and for him after shave to shavers. H&A stock a huge variety of stand out products, perfect for under the Christmas tree this year. 

Nailmatic

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This is a great brand of nail varnish made just for kids, great so they can have their own nail varnish without using all of mine and I’m safe in the knowledge that it is safe for the them, made without the nasty solvents they are water based, and it comes off with a little soapy water. There is a huge range of vibrant  colours and gift packs available for stocking fillers or presents. The packs they come in are also fun too. prices start from £8. Not suitable for under 3

Frozen Art Set From Lloyds

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Frozen is still going strong in our house this year and we love all things arty so the Frozen Art set is a real winner for a Christmas gift. From around £33 you have everything your little artist will need with this 52 piece set and carry case to keep it in, so there are no lost pens or pencils. with crayons, markers, rubber and ruler to paints and brush and mixing palette. also include the all-important stickers. From 3 years upwards. This is available from Lloyds pharmacy who stock a fantastic range of Christmas gifts.

Nativity 3, Dude Wheres my Donkey

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We love Christmas films we watch them as much as possible over the Christmas period starting in Nov and are always looking for new ones to add to our favorites. We all have envied Nativity 1 and 2 so when we had 3 to review we jumped at the chance. With the greats like Martin Clunes and Catherine tate this is a real funny Christmas movie. The pupils from St Bernadette’s are back and there new teacher loses his memory as well as the donkey Archie it’s up to the children to save the day.  This is a great Sunday afternoon film under the duvet. From £9.99

Ravensburger Puzzles

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We are always looking for different presents and things to do that do not involve a screen and what a better way than a puzzle. There is a huge variety out there so we were offered Ravensburger it’s a big name in puzzles we were delighted. These are high-quality puzzles for young and old with so many different designs and complicatedness. There is everything from the children’s favorite cartoons characters large easy to put together pieces for little hands and lovely Christmas puzzles to Night edition 3d we had Big Ben and it actually lights this is a great feature as well as being 3d. This is really bringing puzzles to life and making them exciting. There is also a range of Personalized puzzles where you can decide what the picture is great gift idea for nanny and grandad with a picture of the girls. Puzzles start from around £4

Plasticine Softeez

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Great gift idea for the little ones.  This is modelling plasticine that doesn’t dry out so can be used time and time again. Sometimes you’re never quite sure what to make but with these Plasticine Softeez you can by a play set that is themed we had the Under the Sea Play box this includes 12 different colour blocks of plasticine and playmat with a under the sea background and 9 accessories like fish shaped cutters.  There is hours of fun to be had with this and for ages 3+ even grandpa loves a go with the plasticine softeez. There are endless possibilities with this as it can be used time and again. There are different sets available as well as a tub with cutters to create your own ideas From around £8.99

Teenage Mutant ninja Turtles

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These we big this year and most little boys will love the turtles and even the big boys too. We had  the talking turtle Mikey to review but all the turtles and Shredder are available too. You can move his arms and as you do he says one of his 20+ phases from Pizza time to My kind of party. Each turtle has different phases  Making them a great toy for any turtle lovers. These toys are designed with less menacing features so they are targeted at the younger ones as they are less scary. So even the little ones will be able to create their own turtle adventures Suitable from ages 3+ and from around £8.75

Pet Parade

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We are very fond of cats and dogs in our house and as you may know all things small, Pet Parade ticks these boxes. There are lots of different sets to collect from Collies and pugs to Huskies and Labradors they can be brought as individual or in sets with lots to collect. There are also carry cases and play worlds to collect along side them. These pets are interactive with each other and their accessories. Their movements are realistic when the button on their back is pressed. They come with customized collars a lead and bones. You can also start your own puppy club on the computer. From ages 3+ and from around £9.99

Peanuts Lip Balm

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Looking for stocking fillers this is an ideal one for someone who loves the retro tv programme Peanuts with a snoopy strawberry flavour and at only £2.50 it’s a great price

Lego Friends advent Calendar

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We love lego in our house and with lego just for girls it’s even better. We are always looking for different advent calendars as the girls can’t eat too much chocolate. These lego advent calendars are great, with 24 different lego buildable pieces behind each door on the countdown to christmas, and the calendar itself is the background to build your scene on. In the friends calendar you will find some cute animals, mini-dolls and christmas cakes and sports equipment. Everything you need to set the scene and a gift everyday up to christmas for your little ones. There are different ones available for boys and girls from around £14.99

Sugar lilly

Sugar lilly

Sugar lilly is a beautiful fun loving character. With many friends and soon to be story books, her range of accessories will bring smiles to any girlie’s face this Christmas. My own girls both love anything pink and girly. So the accessories from Sugar lilly were a huge hit. There is literally something for everything, perfect stocking fillers and larger gifts. So if you have a Sugar Lilly fan, be sure to deck her out this Christmas.

Childs farm

Childs farm

Finding a really good, child-friendly toiletries brand can be hard. Something that suits one child may not suit another, so its important to make sure you have got it right. Child farm offers some amazing, natural products. These would make perfect stocking fillers for your little one, or even placed in hampers for that expecting mum. The girls have loved trying out childs farm and it has become our go-to brand at the moment. With the girls hating anything getting in their eyes, it’s important to have something natural and safe. Childs farm is the perfect brand for that.

Swim seal

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Avid swimmers will love swim seal. Drops designed to be used in the ears to help prevent the annoying water getting would be the perfect little gift or stocking filler for those who love to swim. Evie has real trouble with water getting stuck in her ears. So swim seal is perfect for her. Same with Liv, she is just discovering how fun it can be to stick your head under, but can be worried about the water in her ears. Swim seal keeps the ears safe and water free. It is the perfect products for any swimmers out there. Big or little!

Twisteez

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Twisteez are perfect for those little princesses who love to style their hair with something new and unique. You can use the Twisteez to carefully twist a pencil sized piece of hair into the twisteez to add something different to your hair. The girls like to use them to twist the hair and then stick the twists up, so they stick out. Fabulous for dressing up and even better for party season. Twisteez would be a great stocking filler or even better, to give to your little ones friends this Christmas.

Nature’s purest Rag Doll

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Dolls are always a hit in this house. The girls love them and personally I think there is nothing more special than a beautifully made Ragdoll. You just cannot beat them. Nature’s purest have made this simply stunning, velvety soft Ragdoll. This doll will become something to treasure over time. I can see it being something they keep with them forever. Even hidden in a box somewhere when they are adults. Finding a Ragdoll so beautiful can be hard. Some can be pretty scary looking and feel rough, but nature’s purest have made the most perfect doll. Her face, arms, legs and body are made of organic cotton velour and she also comes with a detachable woven organic cotton dress and matching jacket. In my opinion, the very best, purest Ragdoll.

Socker Boppers

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Who doesn’t love a good fist fight on Christmas day!? Just me?! Well, I know at ours we all love a play fight or two. Especially when we get to boof uncle Marcus with the Sock Boppers. Sock Boppers are inflatable boxing gloves, perfect for those pain free play fights. Sock Boppers are perfect for the young and old because lets face it, the adults do love to test these things out before hand! They retail for around £9.99 and are endless fun for girls and boys!

Eliza Crisp and the Abominable Snow Company

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All kids love a good book on Christmas. Whether its reading for themselves or you reading to them, you can never beat a snuggle and a good book. Eliza Crisp and the abominable snow company would make the perfect book this winter. Eliza Crisp is on a mission to bring the children of England snow this Christmas. But when it looks like this just won’t happen, Eliza goes to the abominable snow company at the South pole where the snow is made. Follow Eliza Crisp on her adventure to bring the snow home. An awesome book full of adventure.

Bratz Study Abroad Dolls

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Every little girl likes a doll and one that comes with lots of accessories makes it even better. Bratz dolls have a range of fashion dolls with great eyes and hair that can be brushed and put up into different styles.  The Cloe, Jade, Sasha, and Yasmin are dressed up based on what they have been upto from selfie snaps to snow outfits there is a different doll for anything your little one is into at this moment This range of Bratz dolls are friends that studied abroad and visited some great places. The doll we had to review was Raya who had been to Mexico and now has taken on some of the fashion trends connected with Mexico, she comes with 2 outfits, luggage  with stickers to decorate it and some other accessories including a cactus plant!! There are other friends to collect in the series of Bratz dolls that are based on different counties like the UK to China they retail from £24.99

Lalaloopsy Tinies Jewelry Maker

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As you may or may not know we love all things small in our house, and Lalaloopsy tinies are one of their favourites, and now the littlest is getting older and is not putting everything in her mouth they also love make jewelry or beads as they call it! so when we got this Lalaloopsy Tinies Jewelry Maker, they were in heaven!!!

With this jewelry maker you can use beads and the Tinies dolls to make your very own rings, bracelets, necklaces and hair clips. The maker will string the beads for you and you add your tinies. There are a lovely range of coloured beads and different strings to choose from. The Tinies included are exclusive to the bead maker for something a little extra special.

This is a great gift for any little from ages 4 +, it also needs 3 AA batteries retails from £29.99

Buggy Tech Tote

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Looking something a little different for a gift for someone who has a baby, then look no further:

This is a bag for your buggy/pushchair where you child is facing you and you can fit everything you need in it and more. You have your normal compartment for nappies, bottles with its insulated pocket and not forgetting your lunch!! it has straps so that it hang on the handles in the back on the bag there is a clear holder for your ipad or tablet so that your little one can be kept entertained when you’re out shopping, it has a zip on it so keep it safe and secure. In the front of the bag there is a clear pocket to pop your phone into again it will be kept safe with its velcro tab. Retails from around £20

My studio Girl Make your own travel buddies

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This is a great little present for the little ones who love making and doing, Everything you need in one box and a range of buddies available from pandas and Bunnies to monkeys and mice. It’s from ages 3 upwards, with pre-punched holes to make for easy sewing, great step-by-step instructions and a child safety needle. The animal you chose also has a small teddy bear which you also sew together. it comes with a lovely tin with stickers to decorate, and a blanket for your beard to sleep under in their tin with a special carry handle. This is a great gift for Christmas or birthdays and will give them lots of fun after they have sewn together their animals. From around £31.

Glowing Plants and Stars and Glowing wonder stars

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These make great stocking fillers for all ages from 5 upwards young and old. For either someone who loves the sky and likes planets and stars and is interested in the solar system these are a given. There are also great for little ones who are having issues with being afraid of the dark. As they will glow in the dark transform their bedroom into their very own nights sky. These self-adhesive stars and planets are easy to stick to the wall, cupboards and ceiling too. They don’t leave a mark when they come off as long as it’s not on fresh paint or wallpaper. On the back of the packets there are fun space facts for your little astronauts.

Make your own Wind-up walking zombies

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A great stocking filler for young and old from only £9.97 this is made with magic air dry clay so it is very easy to model and sculpt  with easy to follow instructions and no batteries needed this will soon be built it needs 24 hours to dry and looks great with its popping out eye to make it a great looking zombie and is made to walk like a real zombie. For ages 6+  There are 4 different ones to collect.

Make your own alien slime jumper

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A great present for birthday, Christmas or as prizes at your Halloween party!! for ages 6+ and from around £14.09. These will keep your little ones entertained and your bigger ones too. Using air dry clay which is easy to sculpt and model but will take about 24 hours to dry and it’s non-toxic,  it’s easy to do with step by step instructions and pictures to follow. There are more to collect This alien slime jumper comes with his own tin to keep him in, and a pull string to make him jump using his vibrating motor to make him move and shake. There is lots of dough to make your very own unique alien.

 

 

 

Just A Little Gift Guide For New Mums or Mums To Be

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ISI Mini Buddy Kussen – Animal Pregnancy & Nursing Pillow

This is a great multi use pillow in the shape of an elephant the cover is 100% cotton and is removable and machine washable and for quick drying it can go in the tumble dryer, which can be used from the early stages of pregnancy to feeding your baby. When your little one is learning to sit up this can be used support as if you put the baby between its legs and will stop them from falling. It can also help with strengthening their neck muscles as you can your little one on the pillow whilst they are playing. If your child becomes attached it can be used as a comforter or just as a pillow!! From £29.99

Bebe Au Lait Nursing Cover

IMG_1835This is a  multifunctional  item for a nursing mum, helping you feel comfortable and able to nurse in public without feeling put off. Made from 100% cotton so is easily washable. With different designs  and with an adjustable neck strap this makes it one size fits all and will also being a secure fit. The neckline helps you to see the baby while feeding. There are 2 handy internal terry cloth pockets for breast pad and dummies and anything else you need to keep in there. It has other uses to like a sunshade for the pushchair or even a front carrier and comes with its own small storage pocket From £28.70

 

Naif Baby care products

This is a line of personal care products for babies and toddlers made from pure ingredients such as cotton seed oil, IMG_1837sweet almond oil and chamomile to name but a few, all products are dermatologically tested, hypoallergenic and PH skin neutral so suited to babies and adults too. They make everything you will need from Nappy cream at £10, shampoo at £9.95 to milky bath oil at £14.95. They do gift sets for the expectant mum which is a nice idea, to travel kits with all holiday needs ready in one go and travel size to fit easily in the suitcase. Something for need.

 

Kirkton House Aldi baby products

IMG_1833Yes Aldi do some great baby items whether they are for a gift or just for your baby, with fun designs. A hooded baby towel with a lovely little design for for boy or girl or neutral colours made from 100% cotton and only £3.49 or a fleece blanket for the cot or pushchair with helpful guide to keeping you baby at the correct temperature while sleeping from £2.79.  You always need a muslin cloth and 3 for only £3.29 and 100% cotton these are a great buy. They come in great designs too, and for course the cellular blanket in a range of colours from £2.49

 

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Graham and Brown do a large range of products to brighten up any home and all at affordable prices, from wallpaper and canvas prints to paint and cushion in all colours and designs and charters. You will find great ideas, gifts and accessories. They do a great range for themed room products to suit all tastes, if you don’t know whether you’re having a girl or boy there is the Eleflump theme and have everything you need with wallpaper, canvases and even a lampshade and 3d stickers starting from £7.20 you will have a nursery that will look lovely.

IMG_1839Cuddledry bath towel

Looking for something special to give someone who is having a baby or just want a special just for your baby. The Cuddledry bath towel is great for stress-free bathtimes. It’s made from unbleached cotton and natural bamboo fibre this gives a silky, soft feeling but still being highly absorbent and quick drying. This apron style towel goes over your head and is attached to you so that your hands are free for bath time, as we never have enough hands when it comes to children!! The double layer system with the hood draws the water away from the baby and hair. It covers and cocoons your baby dry. Can be used from newborn. From £29.49 in a range of colours.

Ke8el 8

This is a little something for mum. The Ke8el 8 is a pelvic floor toner and also a tens machine all in one. Kegel8 has aIMG_1846 unique combination that are clinically proven programs to help you to get your pelvic floor strong and healthy prior to conception to give you effective TENS pain relief during labour and to help you strengthen back up after giving birth.  It uses Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation which is used by sports people and athletes. It takes a 9v battery which is included. Is from around £79.99 It is easy to use and the instructions are easy to follow and explain everything you need to know fully.  You should always check with your Dr before using the Ke8el 8 and read the instructions.

IMG_1845The EasyLock

A revolutionary new invention, The EasyLock, is a gift that everyone of all ages and anywhere in the world would love to receive. This lock, the lightest of its kind in the world, will completely secure the majority of inward opening doors*, anywhere on the globe. The lock provides a brilliant security solution for all travellers, providing extra security in their accommodation whether it’s a hotel, B&B, serviced apartment or beach hut! Priced at just £24.95 it’s a perfect gift for a travel lover.

The Perfect Gifts For Your Wonderful Woman

So with a new year brings another round of all the holidays and birthdays. The list starts a fresh and we spend an enormous amount of time searching for the perfect gift. Especially for the ladies. So I have picked a few of my favs to make your life that little bit easier.

I know, selfless 😛

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Firstly we have the Fuse sensational starter kit. This little kit is great for those ladies looking to get salon quality gel nails in your own home.  The USB powered LED light  makes it perfect for ladies on the go. And the best thing? The Fuse collection only requires one coat. So you can have beautiful, long lasting nails in a flash.

A wonderful gift for afour leaf cloverny lady who loves to keep her nails looking fabulous.

Next is the wonderful Four Leaf Clover cologne, just in time for St Patricks Day, this wonderful perfume from the library of fragrance is just stunning. It smells wonderful. And like all scents from the Library of Fragrance, they can be layered with other scents from the collection to create a different and even more wonderful scent. I love these, the fact you can add other scents and make something different means you will never get bored of the same old scent. You can change it up a little to suit your mood! They retail for around £15 and are available from Boots. Fabulous.

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Talking of scents, next we have the wonderful Unforgettable fragrance from Christina Aguilera. For me the bottle just screams glamour. I was a huge fan back in the day, so an even bigger fan of the fragrance. It smells wonderful, so much so, my nurse asked who I was wearing, so this is sure to get people wondering! Available from The Fragrance Shop  from £19.50.

Its one that will be a permanent fixture in my collection.

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Next is the most perfect item for getting that completely polished look. Eyebrows have become bigger than ever. I am talking literally and figuratively. So achieving that look has become of the utmost importance. Plucking and waxing can cause some hairs not to grow back, so when, like me, you pull out that one hair that changes everything, you will need the Silk Fibre Brow Enhancer.

It acts like an instant brush on brow extension. It will thicken and lengthen brows in an instant. So no more faffing around. I find getting them to look the same with a pencil quite difficult, but using the Silk Fibre Brow Enhancer, I can follow the natural shape of my brows and have them looking fuller and equal in less than a minute. A definite beauty must have. Available for around £19.99 from Boots.

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With weather still chilly and sore lips generally an all year round thing, Anatomicals have come up with a range to not only heal lips, but keep them looking fabulous the whole time.

Gone are the days you stayed inside with cracked and sore lips, now you can look perfect every day. They all work in really clever ways, to nourish, moisturize, heal up cracks and sores, protect from wind and frost and give a natural looking gloss.

What more coIMGP1999uld you need? This is a personal handbag must have.

Next are two other essentials. The must have SCENTsational So…? Spray, which has been a real favourite for years. They do several different scents which come in either a EDT or body fragrance. Perfect for that last minute spray on your way out the door.

Then it’s something for the ladies who are trying to achieve bigger and thicker looking hair in an instant. Simply spray on your hair giving it a scrunch with those fingers and you have the perfect look. Literally you go from floppy and lifeless to think and full in seconds. This product will be taking the beauty world by storm and I can see why.

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Finally, we have the wonderful colour changing panda mug. This mug is adorable in every way. From the sweet little face, ear handles to the fact that it changes colour when you drink your cuppa.

What more could you need? Both of my girls love this mug and continue to fight over it. So I have taken to keeping it high up! No one will be having my panda mug but me!

All these gifts would be perfect for any wonderful woman out there. So get those fingers tapping and that card out!